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NRS PFD Hydration Pack

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Keep hydrated, on or off the water. The NRS Hydration Pack clips directly on to the back of your PFD. Or clip on the included shoulder straps for running, hiking or any other outdoor activity.
  • Attaches securely to the back of any PFD.
  • Removable backpack-style shoulder straps stow in the front zippered pocket when not in use.
  • The included bladder has a 1.5 liter capacity, plenty of fluid for staying hydrated during strenuous exercise.
  • Replacement bladders are available.
  • Durable outer shell material can withstand overgrown trail running, mountain bike crashes, kayak roll mishaps and most any other abuse you can manage.
  • Padded mesh back breathes easily and stays cool and comfortable against your back
  • Equipped with an outer storage pocket to carry your keys, chap-stick or sunscreen. Dimensions: 11"L x 6"W

Product Reviews

  (17)
Weight (Empty): 14.4 oz
Capacity: 1.5 liters
Includes:
  • 1.5 liter urethane bladder
  • 3.5' flexible hose
  • Padded mesh back
  • Removable shoulder straps
  • Attachment clips for PFD use
Features:
  • Outer zippered storage pocket - 11"L x 6"W

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  • NRS PFD Hydration Pack

    Q:

    I want to shorten the tube on the bladder. I have never seen this type of hose connector before. How would you shorten the tube?
    Asked on 7/13/2014 by Ned from Wildwood, GA

    2 answers

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      Ned, as long as you feel comfortable reattaching the tube, I think cutting it and reattaching would work fine. You can always store the excess tubing in the pack, if you didn't want to cut it down the tube.

      Answered on 7/15/2014 by Kyle from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      My first inclination was to say it couldn't be done. Then I checked out the tube itself and found that the tip (the "nipple") fixture simply fit into the tube. I didn't want to test this, but, if you were to shorten the tube, I think you'd first have to cut the tub near the tip and extract the part of the tube still inserted (it's probably lightly glued in). Then cut tot he size you want and insert the tube into the tip. You might have to glue it in (again, lightly).
      Again, I didn't try this, but do think it's practical to do this. And the only thing you have to lose is the cost of the bladder.
      Hope this help.
      Dennis

      Answered on 7/13/2014 by Dennis from Wilson, NY
  • NRS PFD Hydration Pack

    Q:

    Are you planning on making a hydration pack in a more visible color than gray and black?
    Asked on 1/14/2014 by Deb from Lancaster, PA

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Not at this time, Deb. It's a good idea and I'll pass it along the design folks.

      Answered on 1/14/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS PFD Hydration Pack

    Q:

    Exactly which model and capacity Camelback or Platypus bladders/reservoirs are owners using to replace the original NRS bladder? There are a lot of options out there and I would like to get one that fits in this pack correctly.
    Asked on 7/24/2013 by tvcrider from Upstate, NY

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      1.5L Camelbaks fit great, as do 1.5L Hydrapak slide-style enclosure bladders!

      Answered on 7/25/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I use the 2 liter camelbak reservoir. It fits in there though you can not fill it all the way. Maybe 4/5ths filled.

      Answered on 7/24/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don¹t know. I have only used the NRS and replaced it with the NRS. The
      tolerances are not generous. The fit is tight. Very vertical, obviously. The
      replacement I got from NRS works great.

      Answered on 7/24/2013 by dkay from boston
  • NRS PFD Hydration Pack

    Q:

    I happen to own this hydration pack and is does work decently. The one thing I am not wild about is the supplied bladder. It is excessively 'pliable' and rather awkward to both fill with water fit into the pack. It has a tremendous tendency to twist and flop around. I read somewhere that others have substituted a Platypus bladder to remedy this issue. Does anyone know if the Platypus Big Zip SL 1.8L will fit in this pack?
    Asked on 7/16/2013 by tvcrider from Upstate, NY

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I got a Camelback and it works great, better than the original bladder.

      Answered on 7/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I tend to use the 1L, but have used bigger in the past.

      Answered on 7/16/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS PFD Hydration Pack

    Q:

    Will this work with a rescue pfd?
    Asked on 3/17/2013 by JB from Southwest Colorado

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi JB,
      Yes, the hydration pack is set up to work on any pfd. I wear mine on an
      Astral Greenjacket and it's pretty comfortable once you get used to the
      extra weight.
      Enjoy,
      Thomas

      Answered on 3/18/2013 by Tom from Richmond, VA
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It will certainly attach to a rescue life jacket; however, it may interfere with the operation of the quick-release belt.

      Answered on 3/17/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I love this hydration pack but I do not know if it will work with a rescue
      pfd. I will say that it requires no special straps to put on. The shoulder
      straps just loop around the existing shoulder openings. Then there is a long
      nylon webbing strap that is attached to the top of the pack, goes over the
      top and then down along the inside of the back where it comes out the bottom
      and then attaches with a clip to the bottom of the pack. It is a very tight
      fit and I have never had any problems with it moving/shifting during rescues
      or rolls. I do have a full length back on my pfd. If you have a short back,
      it may not fit as well.
      David

      Answered on 3/17/2013 by dkay from boston
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I use this hydration pack on my PFD (non rescue style) while distance paddling; I have a composite touring kayak. Most of my paddling is on the Chesapeake Bay, offshore or the rivers on the eastern shore and this pack is a life saver. I have not experienced any problems while using this and can highly recommend it. It rides well on my back and is comfortable to wear, and most importantly, does not interfere with my paddling.
      J W Fehrer, Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 3/17/2013 by Joe from Snow Hill MD
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I use it with my rescue pfd. It fit fine hardly know its there. I like the idea, it does make me nervous. But have never even tried to do a tow.
      I only use it in protected water good wx.
      Sent from my iPad. Dick Vigue

      Answered on 3/17/2013 by Anonymous
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NRS PFD Hydration Pack
 
4.2

(based on 17 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (12)
  • Adjustable (7)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Durable (3)
  • Highly adjustable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling (8)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (6)
    • Boating / sailing (4)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        100% 

        (11 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice bag, don't love reservoir

    Very nicely designed hydration pack, with attachment straps likely to work with most PFD's - however, the bag is rather long, and therefore fits a PFD with a full-length back (reaching up to...Read complete review

    Very nicely designed hydration pack, with attachment straps likely to work with most PFD's - however, the bag is rather long, and therefore fits a PFD with a full-length back (reaching up to base of neck) better than one with a short low back (like many whitewater/rodeo styles), which it actually dangles down from. Also, the "Microban" reservoir has a VERY strong chemical plastic smell and taste - I'm pretty sensitive to that, and so I had to replace it with a Platypus bag (I can't stand Camelback reservoirs either, although this was much worse). Still glad to have bought the pouch itself - nice product. Would love to see a shorter version for the short-back PFD's. . .

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Cheap!

    Lowest cost for a hydration bladder I've found. Not as heavy duty as a camel back but if you have a liner that isn't an issue. Made of a thin plastic and no off...Read complete review

    Lowest cost for a hydration bladder I've found. Not as heavy duty as a camel back but if you have a liner that isn't an issue. Made of a thin plastic and no off switch on the nozzle.

    Reviewed by 17 customers

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    3.0

    could be better designed

    By wayne

    from indianapolis

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Size
    • Good Water Flow

    Cons

    • No Water Tupe Hole In Pac
    • Poor Construction
    • Unstable

    Best Uses

    • Day Trips

    Comments about NRS PFD Hydration Pack:

    The water tube needs a special exit hole in the pack. The bottom of the pack needs to have some method of securing to the PFD. Currently it swings from side to side

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort Driven
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Could have been better

    By tvcrider

    from Upstate, NY

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Mounts Poorly To My Pfd
      • Poor Quality Bladder

      Best Uses

        Comments about NRS PFD Hydration Pack:

        Purchased this to replace my aging Ultimate Direction "Big Drop" pfd mounted hydration pack, which is no longer made. The NRS model is a bit of a disappointment. As mentioned by others, the bladder itself is substandard. The fill opening is small and the material is light and floppy, so it can be difficult to insert the bladder into the pack if you fill it close to maximum capacity. No on/off valve on the drinking tube.
        For me the deal breaker was mounting it to my new Astral Sea Wolf pfd. It fits over the pfd's shoulder straps just fine, however the center anchor strap on the bag must run between my shoulder blades and down the middle of my back. I found that irritating. It will work, but it's not for me.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Excellent for kayaking trips

        By Sutrisno

        from Singapore, Singapore

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Highly Adjustable

        Cons

        • Slight plastic taste

        Best Uses

        • Kayaking

        Comments about NRS PFD Hydration Pack:

        Used this hydration pack for countless kayak day trips. You don't feel the weight of it as you paddle. The fact that it clips on to the back of your pfd means no additional straps underneath your pfd. Very convenient because now i don't have to lift my spray cover and dig for water.

        The bladder is pretty basic. Would be good to have a cover for the mouthpiece. Also would be nice to have the option to purchase a push-pull valve to replace the bite valve. Slight taste of the plastic but not a critical issue for me.

        Great pack to be used out kayaking. Hydrate as you paddle and no more digging for water in your cockpit that's for sure.

        • What Is Your Gear Style:
        • Minimalist
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Exactly as Expected

        By Paul

        from Houston, Texas

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easy To Refill
        • Good Water Flow
        • Highly Adjustable
        • Large Capacity
        • Stable

        Cons

        • Wash Well Before Using

        Best Uses

          Comments about NRS PFD Hydration Pack:

          After looking for options when Kayaking, this was the best. In using, it is important to wash the bladder with vinegar water to remove all the plastic taste. Be certain to secure the mouth piece in a spot on your PFD that keeps it from dropping in the water.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Worked as designed on and off PFD

          By none

          from Portland, Or

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Whitewater

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Boating

            Comments about NRS PFD Hydration Pack:

            Product met my expectations, I will replace it if lost or broken. I used it on and off my PFD. Glad to have had it during the packing up in the full sun.

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels true to size
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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